With Republicans taking control of the U.S. Senate in this week’s midterm election, the changing roles of Missouri’s senators emerged as among the biggest stories in state politics.
Sen. Roy Blunt would face re-election in 2016, an election not as geographically advantageous for Republicans as this year was. In 2016, Republicans hold 24 of the 34 Senate seats that will be up. Although he has not announced his intentions for 2016, Blunt has built up a campaign account that could surpass $2 million by the end of the year.
As a member of Senate leadership, he will have the chance to shape legislation debated and voted on in the Senate.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, a member of a minority caucus for the first time in her career, won’t enjoy the agenda-setting power she had with the Democrats in control. But McCaskill said before the election that she believed her oversight work, on issues ranging from faulty car ignitions to profligate spending, would not change if the Senate changed hands.